Should Couples Be Financially Stable Before Pregnancy?

PARENTING WHEN YOU’RE OLDER DOESN’T MAKE IT ANY EASIER THAN IF YOU’RE YOUNGER.   Yes, I’m a 40 year-old dad with a 3-year-old toddler, a career I love, zero debt, mortgage free and ability to offer experiences to our son that I didn’t have. This wasn’t the way I had envisioned parent-hood to be but it was the way it turned out for us and we’re surviving just fine. Being financially stable has nothing to do with getting pregnant and everything to do with surviving and never giving up. There are couples out there reading this who are struggling or struggled in the past to get pregnant after many miscarriages and NO results on a pregnancy test. There are also couples who have different parenting styles which may or may not make them “cool parents” but that’s not what parenting is about. There’s more to sharing your heart than all the money in the world. Related: Do Dollar Store Pregnancy Tests Work? Whether you are working or not becoming parents means that you must provide for your child in any way you can. Often this may lead parents to seek support from family, friends and the government system when available. […]

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11 Ways to Feed Your Family When You Have Little to No Money : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Aug 17-23, 2015

I’LL NEVER LET MY FAMILY GO HUNGRY BECAUSE I LOVE THEM   We hear it more on the news these days about parents who have no money and feel that shoplifting is their last resort to put food in the stomachs of their children. It shouldn’t be this way. There is so much food on this planet that no one should ever have to starve, but they do. A CBB fan emailed me looking for tips about how she can feed her family of 4 during the months she has no money and the cupboards are bare. She is a single mom who relies on social assistance for money every month but that money is met with bills and earlier credit card debt she is still trying to pay off. Her comment about not letting her kids starve because she is poor pushed me to talk about this topic because it’s real. It’s heartbreaking to see children go without food for days or parents who give up eating for their children. They get shunned for not having a decent paying job (what is decent these days?), an education or for having habits that cost big dollars. Let’s not forget parents […]

Should a landlord and tenant have basic rental responsibilities? PF Weekly Grab a brew #61

RENTING IS A TOUGH BUSINESS   Being a landlord has its ups and downs depending on the space you own and the tenants you rent to. The same could be said for a tenant and the landlord who rents them a place to live. As a landlord you have lots of responsibilities and one of them is listening to what your tenants have to say as long as the requests are reasonable. I don’t know if the Landlord Tenant Act is the same all around Canada but what I do know is there should be some standardization when it comes to maintaining a property. You don’t have to jump at every single complaint but you must or at least should adhere to complaints that are of important nature. It also takes time to get the right people in to get the job done so having reasonable expectations as a tenant is also important. Wanting the paint color changed in your kitchen is not an emergency as a tenant but if your toilet is not working that is a different story.   Money in my pocket   Sure, renting is a lucrative business and if you can score a rental building, […]

Reader question: Budgeting tips for low-income families

Budgets Do Not Discriminate This low-income budget question that was sent in by a reader caught my attention as it’s not the first time I’ve been asked for tips on such an important topic for Canadians. Many people are in the same position as this reader so I hope I can shed a bit of light on the topic of budgeting and low-income families for those that are reading today. This is one of those touchy topics so please bear with me as I realize many people are struggling through tough times. Debt is debt, money is money, a budget is a budget. I know all of you have unique situations just like we do. I don’t claim to be a budget hero, just a guy who wants to listen and share what we do with our budget. Nothing is easy, we fail, we get right back up again. Dear Mr. CBB, I’ve read your blog for a while now as I was searching for some family budget information and a sample family budget so I can start to budget for our family. We come from a low-income Canadian family which we feel is at the poverty level in Ontario. […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #31: Homeless and living on $8.00 a day

A Few Dollars Can Go Further Than You Ever Imagined I don’t believe many people think about life as a homeless person, who would unless you were forced to. I honestly can’t imagine what life is like for homeless people but what I do know is many are skilled and many just want someone to give them a chance. There are times when people give up on themselves because others give up on them. Although we should fight for what we want sometimes the war is won and it’s hard to get back what you’ve lost without a miracle or perseverance of sorts. Homelessness is potentially caused for many reasons, one being lack of employment and somewhere to live. I was touched by kindness this morning when I watched a video on You Tube where a couple of guys who prank people and share it on their channel called Vitalyzd TV gave a homeless man a full makeover.  This was no prank though, it was real and it was uplifting for many people to watch, over 3 million so far on You Tube. To be honest I wasn’t going to watch it but something compelled me to just check it out. […]

What My Life Is Like With Terrible Credit

I am a person living with debt that I can’t pay and terrible credit. I am a single mother of a now 17-year-old son soon to be 18. Over the years there was never enough money and debt just seemed to keep piling up and I wasn’t sure what to do about it. I needed the car to get my son to daycare, then me to work. It  seemed every time I turned around there was a repair that needed to be made on it. My one credit card with the highest balance which is now in collections was typically used for repairs to my vehicle at the time. I was working full-time to pay some of the mechanic’s bills as well as to keep paying my everyday bills and putting food on the table which was hardly enough. That meant that the repair bills often ended up on the credit card. I eventually refrained from using that credit card because the balance was just too high but luckily had a low-interest rate of only 10%. What’s worse is the car had to be junked as it was no longer in a state of repair. I haven’t had a vehicle since that time […]

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